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Hump Day Hot Takes: 2.13.19

Russ vs. The Beard, AB want out of Pittsburg, and Kareen Hunt has been signed to a team.

Hump Day Hot Takes: 2.13.19

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Brodie Vs. The Beard

The Association is in the midst of two historic streaks right now. James Harden is currently at 30 straight games scoring at least 30 points . Russell Westbrook is now sitting at 10 straight games with a triple double. Harden’s streak is the second longest all time behind Wilt Chamberlin, who did it an insane 65 times in the ’61-’62 season. Fun fact: 3 days after that streak ended he started a 31 game streak that spanned the rest of that season and the beginning of the next. By getting to 10 games, Russ now has the number 1 spot on the triple-double streak, surpassing Wilt Chamberlin. (Hmmm….) Obviously, the question on everyone minds (or at least all the pundits) is which streak is more impressive.

It’s Not Even Close

The answer is Russ, by a long shot. For starters, his team has only lost once during the streak, and are 11-1 in their last 12. (One of those wins was over Harden’s Rockets). But the real reason is that Westbrook has taken something that is by all accounts extremely difficult to do, score a triple-double, and made it seem ordinary. The general public is having this debate because they are so used to Westbrook ripping off triple-doubles they take them for granted. Number 0 has a real chance to average a triple-double for the third straight season. No one else not named Oscar Robertson has ever done that once. If you ever have a chance to see the man play in OKC, do yourself a favor and go. It is something special to behold.

That’s not to say what Harden is doing isn’t impressive. But it’s not sustainalbe, and it requires such a high usage rate I think the team is ultimately suffering because of it. Plus, the Beard gets away with more travels than even LeBron, so I’m just naturally predisposed to not choose him.

It’s no surprise these two players are the MVP’s from the last two seasons. And to think they were both on the same team, WITH KD, and couldn’t get a ring.

A Side Note:

The GOAT himself was asked about this very topic and this is what he had to say:

Bill Russell has 11 rings MJ. It’s not about you, and this shtick is getting tired.

AB Wants Out

Antonio Brown is requesting a trade from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Which shouldn’t surprise anyone since he sent the above tweet BEFORE making the request through his agent. Which would be a fineable offense in the NBA. What are you doing AB?

Antonio Brown has always been known as a diva, and not a great locker room guy, but the Steelers have in large part put up with his antics because of his production on the field. However, that came to a head this past season, which saw the Steelers entire organization crumble before our eyes in real time.

Brown has made it pretty well known he would like to play in San Francisco, though I don’t really know why. He has aspirations of being considered the greatest ever, so maybe he wants to take Jerry Rice’s crown from him in the same jersey that Rice wore for a long time? It doesn’t really follow, and he’s never going to pass Rice, so it’s a moot point anyway.

The Steelers are going to want a first rounder for Brown, and maybe they’ll get it, but if I were a GM I’m not sure I would part with a high pick for the headache that Brown will bring. But I’m not a GM, so we’ll just have to see how this all plays out.

WTF Cleveland?

The Cleveland Browns have signed Kareem Hunt to a one year deal. Kareem Hunt will be eligible to play only if he clears the commissioners’ list after an investigation into the events of domestic abuse that led to his dismissal from the Chiefs. He’s going to clear that list, probably with a 6 game suspension at most, at then he’s going to play football for the Cleveland Browns. And that’s bullshit.

There is video evidence of the altercation. That alone should be enough to warrant his being done with football. And yet here we are. Again. Kareem Hunt has a job and Colin Kaepernick doesn’t. Fuck the NFL.

But I think most of the indictment needs to fall on the shoulders of Cleveland John Dorsey. Dorsey is also the man who drafted Hunt to the Chiefs. He’s also the man who turned a blind eye to Tyreek Hill punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend before drafting him. Dorsey hides behind his Catholic faith and claims he sees the best in people and believes in second chances. That’s great, but I’d believe him more if he just said “I only care about football talent and that’s it.”

At least one franchise didn’t succumb to the desire to win above all else:

Does Anyone Know What Traveling Is Anymore?

Because the NBA refs sure don’t.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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